When you try to lose weight do you pay attention to the number on your scale? Well, prepare to be amazed, my friend. Numbers aren’t everything. You can get healthy and lose inches but by gaining muscle you actually gain weight! Weight loss is not all about your number on the scale. It’s more about how you feel and how your clothes fit.
How to lose weight without the scale
I started the Beachbody program a few weeks ago and I love it. As in, I have never been able to keep up with the “hard” cardio before and actually do it and feel motivated to keep coming back each day.
So my husband keeps asking me how much weight I’ve lost and I try to tell him I’m not checking the scale daily. I will weigh in each Monday, as well as update any measurements that have changed. That’s one thing I am looking forward to happening is losing my baby belly that’s been persistent since having my last baby.
That was four years ago. Oops.
At the same time, I want to make sure I regain my health. I mean, I write this blog about health and wellness and for the last year mostly, I have not been making healthy choices. I have allowed my emotions from grieving dictate what I eat and when. And if your metabolism gets to hang out all day chilling out until 2:00pm or so, it’s not really going to be very productive. So combining a lazy metabolism with poor food choices just screams poor health.
I started Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix in mid-July and I have lost THREE inches in my waist! I have yet to lose more than a few pounds because while I am eating healthy and having my shakeology, I am also building muscle in my workouts, which weighs more than fat – and that’s ok!
I watched both my parents pass away because of poor health, two situations that possibly could have been prevented had they taken better care of themselves. I am not a doctor, so I can’t say for sure, but I will always wonder and feel very frustrated. But the only action I can take is to make sure I am healthy for my kids.
Check out this post on Instagram of a woman who set out to lose her baby weight. She did lose it – 20 pounds of it – and then when she stepped on the scale eight months later she saw the number was almost as high as her postpartum weight. What gives? Well, she got healthier. She exercised her whole body, gained muscle, and made healthier choices. And she looks amazing! She is not only healthier but her body is toned, which it wasn’t 20 pounds lighter.
SCREW THE SCALE || I figured it was time for a friendly, yet firm reminder.???? YOU GUYS. PLEASEEEEEE STOP GETTING HUNG UP ON THE NUMBER ON THE STUPUD SCALE! PLEASE STOP THINKING YOUR WEIGHT EQUALS YOUR PROGRESS AND FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING PLEASE STOP LETTING YOR WEIGHT HAVE ANY AFFECT WHATSOEVER ON YOUR SELF ESTEEM, like I used to. To any of you who are where I once was, please listen to me. I am 5' 7" and weigh 140 lbs. When I first started #bbg I was 8 weeks post partum and 145 lbs. I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my "goal weight" should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN. Also, I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees.???? My point?? According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably. THANK GOODNESS I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS. Take progress photos and videos. Record how many push-ups you can do, ect. And if you can, your BFP — there is only a 5 lb difference between my starting and current weight, but my body composition has changed COMPLETELY. I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now. And if I didn't say #screwthescale long ago, I would have gave up on my journey. So to the little teeny tiny voice in the back of my head that still said "????wtf is this- not 140!?????????" last week when I stepped on the scale, I say SCREW. YOU. And I think you should probably say the same to your scale too. #byefelicia ????????????? . . #bbgprogress #transformationtuesday #fit #fitness #workout #fitmom #fitchick #fitfam #fitnesstransformation #beforeandafter #sweat #mysweatlife #girlswithmuscle #girlgains #strongnotskinny
So listen, the only number that matters in life is the number of times you’ve hugged your kids or your spouse during the day, or the number of times you’ve thanked God for your blessings, or maybe the number of chocolate chips in that fresh baked cookie. But seriously, the number on the scale doesn’t matter.
Tell me, what other numbers matter? Tell me in the comments!